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1 AVX Boulevard

Fountain Inn, SC 29644-9039

United States

Phone: 864-967-2150

Fax: 864-967-9332

AVX Corporation operates as a manufacturer and supplier of a line of passive electronic components and related products worldwide. The company’s passive electronic component products include ceramic and tantalum capacitors, film capacitors, varistors, filters, and other components manufactured in its facilities worldwide and passive components manufactured by Kyocera Corporation of Japan (Kyocera). It also manufactures and sells electronic connectors and inter-connect systems, and distributes and sells certain electronic connectors manufactured by Kyocera. All types of electronic devices use the company’s passive component products to store, filter, or regulate electric energy. Segments The company operates through three segments: Passive Components, Kyocera Electronic Devices (KED Resale), and Interconnect. The product groups of Ceramic Components, Advanced Components, and Tantalum Components have been aggregated into the Passive Components segment. Passive Components This segment consists primarily of surface mount and leaded ceramic capacitors, RF thick and thin film components, surface mount and leaded tantalum capacitors, surface mount and leaded film capacitors, ceramic and film power capacitors, super capacitors, EMI filters (bolt in and surface mount), thick and thin film packages of multiple passive integrated components, varistors, thermistors, inductors, and resistive products. The company manufactures a line of multi-layered ceramic and solid tantalum capacitors in various sizes and configurations. It also added two passive component manufacturing sites with the acquisition of the Tantalum Components division of Nichicon Corporation in February 2013. Tantalum and Ceramic components are used in conjunction with integrated circuits and are suited for applications requiring low to medium capacitance values. The company also offers a line of advanced passive component products to fill the special needs of its customers. Its family of passive components also includes film capacitors, high energy/voltage power capacitors, and varistors. The company’s advanced products engineers work with some customers’ in-house technical staffs to design, produce, and manufacture customized products to meet the specifications of particular applications. KED Resale This segment has a non-exclusive license to distribute and sell certain Kyocera-manufactured electronic component and connector products to certain customers and in certain territories outside of Japan. Its distribution and sale of certain Kyocera products expands its range of products and further facilitates its ability to offer ‘one-stop shopping’ for its customers' electronic components needs. The Kyocera KDP and KCD electronic components that the company sells include ceramic capacitors, RF modules, frequency control devices, SAW devices, sensor products, actuators, and acoustic devices. Resale product sales also include connectors manufactured by Kyocera. Interconnect This segment manufactures and sells electronic connectors and interconnect systems for use in the automotive, telecommunications, information technology hardware, medical device, defense, and aerospace industries. The company’s product lines include various connectors and products designed primarily for its customers' applications. The company produces fine pitch connectors used in portable devices, such as smart phones, other cell phones, notebook computers, GPS, and other hand held devices. In addition, it offers specialty connectors designed to address customer specific applications across a range of products and end markets, including the expanding LCD market. Customers The company’s customers are multi-national original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), independent electronic component distributors, and electronic manufacturing service providers (EMSs). It markets its products through its own direct sales force and independent manufacturers' representatives. The company sells its products to customers in a range of industries, such as telecommunications, information technology hardware, automotive electronics, medical devices and instrumentation, industrial instrumentation, defense and aerospace electronic systems, and consumer electronics. Distribution The company’s products are marketed worldwide by its own dedicated direct sales personnel that serve its major OEM and EMS customers. It also has a network of independent electronic component distributors and independent manufacturers’ representatives who sell its products worldwide. Research, Development, and Engineering The company’s research, development, and engineering expenditures were approximately $30 million for the year ended March 31, 2013. Environmental Matters The company has been identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, state governmental agencies, or other private parties as a potentially responsible party under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act or equivalent state or local laws for clean-up and response costs associated with certain sites at which remediation is required with respect to prior contamination. Significant Events In February 2014, AVX Corporation has announced a new collaboration with Modelithics that would significantly expand the range of AVX components available in the Modelithics Passive Component (CLR) Library, System Level Component (SLC) Library, and AVX sub-library, which already feature 20 Microwave Global Models for AVX surface mount capacitor and inductor product lines. Competition The company’s major competitors for passive electronic components are Murata Manufacturing Company Ltd.; TDK Corporation; KEMET Corporation; Yageo Corporation; Taiyo Yuden Co. Ltd.; Samsung Electro-Mechanics; and Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. Its major competitors for certain electronic connector products are Tyco Electronics, Amphenol Corporation, Molex Incorporated, FCI Electronics, and Erni Electronics. History AVX Corporation was founded in 1972.


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